Von der Leyen backs Mitsotakis’ defense plan in European Commission presidential debate

[Reuters/Johanna Geron]

During Wednesday's European Commission presidential debate in Brussels, outgoing President Ursula von der Leyen endorsed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis's proposal for a common European air defense system.

"First and foremost, we must stand by Ukraine," said von der Leyen, emphasizing the need for a unified European defense strategy and referencing Mitsotakis's recent proposal.

The debate features five top candidates ahead of the June 9 European elections: Walter Baier (Austria - European Left), Sandro Gozi (Italy - Renew Europe Now), Ursula von der Leyen (Germany - European People's Party), Terry Reintke (Germany - European Greens), and Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg - Party of European Socialists).

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